Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pallet Storage Bench/Coffee Table Tutorial

Isn't that a catchy title?  Ok, not so much.  I am a little brain sluggish after spending the day in Jellystone, something I am lucky enough to experience usually at least once a year.  It was a crowded, hot day, but still fun and amazing to see, even if it was my 25th plus time.  And yes, Old Faithful is still here and still erupting every 90 minutes or so.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I will say, as is typical for me, I had no plan when making this bench and after making this once, I would do things differently, but here is a tutorial on how I made this one.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I started with 4 "legs" cut from bunk bed posts I found in an alley garbage.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I then figured out what sized boards I needed by laying them out.   These are all pallet boards and yep, that is bird poop on there--I sanded a little of it off, but painted over it too--texture!
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I then painted the boards.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
Next I cut some 2x4 type boards that are also from pallets.   I cut the thinner, painted pallet boards into pieces, at least 2 of the 3 for the sides.  I screwed these to the 2x4 pieces, leaving room for the legs on the ends.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I screwed the legs on which created 2 panel pieces.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
I then added end pieces to make a box.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html

pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
Now here is where those 2x4 pieces probably could have been done differently, as well as the bottom, but what I did was added pieces to create the bottom of the box.  I screwed the bottom boards into the 2x4's first, which was very secure, but then that made it so I had to find or cut the right width pieces for the rest of it.  I screwed those in from the sides. 
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
Lastly, I added a plywood top. This piece of ply was screwed to one of the pallets I picked up.  I hinged it on and waxed it with dark wax. 

pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html
(Hmm, I need a pedicure.)  Even though the construction wasn't perfect, I was happy with the finished product and so was the sweet college girl who bought it.
pallet storage bench coffee table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/07/pallet-storage-benchcoffee-table.html



17 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...painting over bird poop for texture is a first for me. That is hilarious. It turned out great. I love Yellowstone too. Plan on going next summer again. Are you still planning a trip to the Oregon coast this summer as well?

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  2. Love it Becky! ... I bet the college girl did too!
    Susan

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  3. I love it!! Thank you for showing us how you created it!

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  4. Love all your stuff...something about the old wood, and the way you paint. It wouldn't sell around here... but I sure do love it!

    gail

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  5. I think it turned out lovely, even if you could have made it easier on yourself in the building process. I love the paint effects you used on the pallet boards. Really nice.

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  6. I am in love with this project. Great job.
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  7. get out! this is gorgeous - you've got skills girl I say - skills!

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  8. OMG, lol...bird poop texture! Ok that might have been a little TMI...but I love this storage bench just like it is, texture and all! Just having a little fun with you, great tutorial and a fabulous project as always!

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  9. I love it, Becky. I had to laugh at you painting over the poop. I've done that. Very organic. lol

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  10. I love it! Great idea to add storage! Thanks for the inspiration you give me every week!

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  11. I'm a bit behind on this blog...but would you mind sharing what you would have done differently....so I can learn from your experience? :) Thanks!

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  12. I love this. I think a storage bench would be perfect to have in a family room because when company comes over I can just throw everything in there. I really like the mismatched panels too.

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  13. I have to place my chairs out the house because i have made new sofa's but i am not finding the place to put it. Then i come up with an idea of making a yard near the house and place the steel Shed over it because steel shed is more strong then wooden shed and it has a long life. My chairs would remain stored in the shed.

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  14. Most of what I love about your projects is the paint technique you use! Is it just basically "dry brush" painting over rough cut wood? I am going to be building...with the help of a friend...a small cabin next summer. I am on a tight budget and am using reclaimed materials. It will be rustic. I think some of the furniture you make would fit right in! I am going to try your painting technique so any words of wisdom would be helpful! I am going to spend today "reclaiming" cedar siding, oak flooring, and pantry shelving, and other items from a house that is being torn down soon...day one on procuring items to be used in building cabin!

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